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The floating ice shelves around Antarctica are vulnerable to warming of the atmosphere as well as the ocean. Because they already float on the ocean, sea level is not directly affected if they are lost. Nevertheless, sea level can rise when they no longer hold back land-based ice on its journey to the ocean, and the ocean circulation is altered when large amounts of hitherto frozen freshwater melt. In this Collection we present articles that explore the mechanisms that determine where and when the Antarctic ice shelves may disintegrate.
The 26th United Nations Climate Change conference of the Parties (COP26) will assemble in November 2021 to accelerate action on climate change. We are pleased to present a Collection of articles from our pages that cover adaptation, mitigation and extreme events; three aspects of climate change that will be of key relevance to negotiators.
In celebration of the first anniversary of launching Communications Earth & Environment, we invite our readers to explore some of the exciting developments in the Earth, planetary and environmental sciences. In our anniversary collection, we are pleased to present four viewpoint articles, each with contributions from our Editorial Board members, which focus on the ocean and cryosphere, the atmosphere, the solid Earth and human-environment interactions. In addition, we are launching a series of “Post-publication careers” articles where we invite a few of our authors to share the impact the publication of their paper in Communications Earth & Environment had on their professional and personal lives.